Well, I'm not entirely sure I have re-surfaced. I am rather swamped by professional work, and a career that is finally developing somewhat in a good direction. You can expect to see the odd posting here, though -- I doubt I'll go a year of silence again in the near future, anyway.
I am currently working, very slowly, on some bits and pieces of a "how to design a fantasy culture from the ground up" thing, which will be a string of very long articles. In the process, I'm trying to teach some basics of some classics of the study of culture. Expect to see some piece of this within a month.
I notice I'm still listed on the Squidoos and whatnot, so presumably whoever cares will see this message.
See you all soon.